Jamaican Usain Bolt etched his name deeper into Olympic folklore by completing an unprecedented sprint double in successive games with a smooth 200-meter victory on Thursday in the race he calls his “pet” event.
The world’s fastest man, whose imperious performances in London have blown away any doubts that he deserves the unofficial title of greatest ever sprinter, stopped the clock at 19.32 seconds, the joint fourth-quickest time ever run.
Bolt holds the world record with an eye-popping 19.19 at the Berlin world championships in 2009.
The showman again put compatriot and younger rival Yohan Blake, the pretender to his sprint throne, firmly in place and has now matched his stunning Beijing 100 and 200 crowns four years ago following his shorter-dash victory on Sunday.
Blake, as he did in the 100 behind his friend and training partner, took silver in 19.44 and Warren Weir completed a Jamaican podium sweep with bronze in 19.84.
Bolt crossed the line with his finger to his lips before doing a handful of push-ups on the track. Then, taking a photographer’s camera, he took snaps of the crowd and Blake who was posing as “The Beast”, the nickname Bolt afforded his rival.
“I’ve got nothing left to prove. I’ve showed the world I’m the best,” said the athlete who has lit up track and field since turning his prodigious talent into global dominance. “This is my moment. I’ll never forget this.”
Elsewhere, the title of the world’s best athlete belongs to American Ashton Eaton who won the Olympic decathlon title. Eaton hrew a personal best in the javelin as he ended on 8,869 points, 198 ahead of compatriot Trey Hardee.
Kenya’s David Rudisha stormed to a stunning world record in the 800-meter run in 1:40.91 seconds.
There were also golds for American Christian Taylor, who produced the year’s biggest triple jump of 17.81 meters to beat compatriot Will Claye, and for Czech Barbora Spotakova who successfully defended the women’s javelin title.